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Columns

Lessons learned from a Sadie Hawkins Dance

My first reaction to the news that my children’s school has scheduled a Sadie Hawkins Dance has always been a heavy sigh. When my son was younger, I thought that girls have surely gotten beyond the need to have a special occasion to ask a boy to do something. We are empowering our girls. ...

Spring into souffles

The sun shines warm and the sounds of melting snow are everywhere. Spring is not quite here, but the snow is melting fast, and the days are becoming noticeably longer. Longer days mean more light, which means that hens lay more eggs. In addition, they contain ample amounts of vitamins A, D, ...

Middle America must lead on guns

America desperately needed a new kind of citizen leader to force political change. She found it in the students, parents and teachers scarred by the massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school. Watch how effective they’ve been at making the case for tighter gun laws. Watch how they’ve ...

Extremes in weather can profoundly affect maple syrup production

Northern New Yorkers are definitely not strangers to cold winter weather. But most of us would rather have not had to deal with the brutally relentless cold that gripped much of the nation during December and January. According to data from the Southeast Regional Climate Center, cities ...

What if?

Within the last week, Saranac Lake village officials have reached out to our community seeking ideas to include in an application for a grant to help revitalize our downtown. That caused me to think about what could be and what is needed to keep Saranac Lake, one of the best small communities ...

The amazing stars of Orion

Orion the Hunter is high and bright in these shortening nights of late winter. As seen in the diagram, he stands tall in the southern sky by 7 p.m. Saiph (safe) and Rigel (RYE-gel), marking his knees, are about 35 degrees above the horizon. Reaching toward the Summer Solstice as though to ...

Don’t tread on this voter’s T-shirt

WASHINGTON — Andrew Cilek might be — this is just a hunch — unaware that 2018 is Brooks Brothers’ bicentennial. Judging by what he wore when he went out to vote in Minneapolis on Nov. 2, 2010, his preferences in shirts run less to button-down Oxford cloth than to chatty T-shirts. The ...

More roads closed to bicycling

I am writing in response to your editorial “Good deal on Boreas Ponds,” published on Jan. 31. You are satisfied with the classification of the northern portion since a wilderness designation prevents any mountain bike use of the former logging roads surrounding the Boreas Ponds. You ...

A strong woman takes a strong stand

This column subject was prompted when I read the obituary of my friend Ed Hale in the Jan. 8, 2018 issue of the Enterprise. Sorry about the cliche, but he really was a newspaperman’s newspaper man, how lucky I was to hook up with Ed when he owned and edited The Lake Placid News with his ...

Some history on local skiing

In the Adirondacks of New York, John R. Booth of Ottawa brought a pair of skis to Saranac Lake in 1892. The natives, amazed and curious, had several pairs of skis run up by Napoleon Bailey, a carpenter at Branch and Callanan’s mill. Mr. Bailey had come from Wisconsin, where Scandinavian ...

A set of real Navy blues

It was early July 1969, in Pensacola, Florida. I was there for Navy Class A School, and once I stepped off the plane I realized how far out of my Adirondack element I was. I was wearing wool dress blues, and both temperature and humidity were in the low 90s. As soon as I hit the tarmac, ...

Resist authoritarianism with education

Our founding fathers signed a Declaration of Independence that supposedly shed the yoke of the monarchy and substituted a participative democracy with three interactive branches of management. This management framework rests on a constitution and by-laws designed to ensure that participative ...

An abandoned career, part 4

If the failure of the breakwater at Wick on the North Sea was felt by Thomas Stevenson, the father of Robert Louis Stevenson, to be the low point of his career as a civil engineer, maybe his signature success story balanced out his depression-prone self. One of the essays RLS wrote in Saranac ...

On coerced union fees, Supreme Court has a chance to correct itself

WASHINGTON — Overturning mistaken decisions is an occasional duty of the Supreme Court, whose noblest achievement was the protracted, piecemeal repudiation, with Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and subsequent decisions, of its 1896 ruling that segregated “separate but equal” public ...

The Russian bot hysteria

If only Joe McCarthy had lived to see this moment, when it is suddenly in vogue to attribute large-scale events in American politics to the hand of Russia and to inveigh against domestic subversion. Robert Mueller released an indictment of 13 Russians for crimes related to their ...

Sleigh rides at John Brown Farm and Lake Clear Lodge

The weather might be weird, but there are still some iconic winter activities to check off the Adirondack Bucket List. Taking a horse-drawn sleigh ride with a lakeside or High Peaks view is just one of them. Adirondack Sleigh Rides at Lake Placid's John Brown Farm and the Lake Clear Lodge and ...

Flu season is here

February is the peak of flu season, which began in October and lasts until May. This year, the flu has been especially severe and widespread. The flu has killed 85 adults and 20 children, and death tolls keep rising. Alabama declared a state of emergency due to flu. There are shortages of ...

A plea for co-existing in the wild

John Davis’ “Split Rock Wildway” is described by the author as being a “scout’s report” on wildlife he has encountered in a specific area of the Adirondacks. However, in describing the book as such, the author is not completely honest. Instead of being only a scout’s report, ...

Dems need to be the third party

Widespread displeasure with Donald Trump and his party bodes well for Democrats in November. They have a good chance of retaking the House and a decent one of winning a Senate majority. But to get there, they must be smart. And being smart includes attracting Republicans repelled by ...

Warning signs ignored again

Reaction to the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and many more wounded begins at the wrong end. It’s not about passing more gun laws, which people intent on breaking existing laws will not obey; rather it is about heeding warning signs and doing something ...